If I'm not creating, I'm not dialed into my desires, or even awake to desire itself. If I'm not creating, I feel less...me. So here are some fire-starters for you, books to stoke the embers when the cold front moves in and settles over your studio, desk, conference room, or loft.
1. A Whole New Mind--Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, by Dan Pink.
This book makes a case why more than ever, right-brainers are increasingly found at the center of our cultural foundations, not simply as window-dressing. Skills like, "Design," "Story," "Symphony," Empathy," "Play," and "Meaning" are foundational attributes right-brainers bring to a culture that needs them more than ever.
2. Your Creative Brain, by Shelley Carson.
The author describes seven brain sets: "Connect," "Reason," "Envision," Absorb," "Transform," "Evaluate," and "Stream'" and provides exercises, quizzes and self-tests.
My self-tests showed that I function optimally in the "Envision," "Absorb," and "Evaluate," brain sets; and prefer a "spontaneous" pathway.
3. Scribbling in the Sand - Christ and Creativity, by Michael Card.
Not a how-to, but a why-to book. Card explores the biblical roots of creativity and imagination; and includes not only Card's wisdom for the creative mind, but also includes letters of advice from other artists and creatives leaders.
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